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Analyze Boulder Data Challenge

September's data challenge will be on Colorado campaign finance!  A few months ago, Ned and Sarah McClain presented their campaign finance dashboard, intended to help citizens understand exactly where money for public campaigns comes from, yielding some interesting results.  It was built in a weekend using public TRACER data, so imagine we all can do over a few weeks!  Team results will be presented on Sept 4, so come watch them square off and vote for your favorite. 

Additional resources for the Data Challenge

The winner of the challenge will be featured on I-News, the public service journalism arm of Rocky Mountain PBS, which turns complex data and issues into compelling journalism that inspires the public to make a difference. I-News distributes this journalism to more than 100 news organizations throughout the state. You can learn more here: www.inewsnetwork.org/about


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  • Richard H.

    Just reviewed a post by Gregory Piatetsky. Nice summary of the impacts of data competitions, like KDD Cup, Netflix & Kaggle, which have a mixed record!

    See his 43 slides at http://www.kdnuggets.com/2013/09/data-mining-evolution-data-science-competitions-lessons-public-data.html

    September 5, 2013

  • Chris T.

    Hi, Sandra. I can create a dropbox with the PDFs of the presentations if the presenters are cool with it. Will reach out and get back to you.

    September 5, 2013

  • sandra f.

    is there a list of the folks who presented and any links to stuff on the web? thanks!

    September 5, 2013

  • Ned

    Agreed - I had to duck out at the end of the last presentation, but I was totally impressed with all three! The D3 maps showing sketchy data from the first were really slick, the insights from the middle presentation were interesting, and I learned a TON from the process and tools the last presenter shared with us. Thanks to all three!!!

    1 · September 5, 2013

  • Diana P.

    Really cool to see peoples' presentations.

    1 · September 5, 2013

  • Marilyn W.

    Great! Lots of fun and some exciting presentations

    September 5, 2013

  • Toni R.

    Kettle and Stone???

    August 28, 2013

  • sandra f.

    Going to try to make it! i've done a lot of journalistic work in this area

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I might be in town, I'm a GIS Analyst, is there any more info on the event, ie what data or challenges are in mind?

    1 · August 6, 2013

    • Jennifer

      Hi Daniel! The data challenge will be on Colorado campaign finance - see links above. If you're interested in participating, we'll have a session on Aug 21 where we'll release the data and brainstorm ideas. More details to come - still working on a few logistics!

      August 13, 2013

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